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The Secret to Selling Your Home Fast and for More Money

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I've been in real estate for nearly two decades now. We sell 10 times more homes than the average agent and we sell them 3 times faster. On top of that, we get our home selling clients 7% more money in the process!

The bottom line is that I have the experience, the track record, and a proven 21-point plan of action to get your home sold for the most amount of money, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of hassle to you. Over the years, I've found that home selling is a collaborative endeavor. We'll sit down and talk about the entire process together in order to clearly lay out your goals and expectations.

My top priorities are giving you world-class service, attaining the highest possible price for your home, and making you feel comfortable throughout our time together. I believe the most important thing I can do is give you all the information you need and show you our strategy so that you can make the best decision for you and your family.

Ultimately, I care deeply about the people who have entrusted me with the largest asset they own. Although I realize that real estate is an incredible investment, at the end of the day, real estate means home, and that's something I feel really blessed about helping people with!

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation. We would love to help you get the real estate results you desire!

Five Affordable Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

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Today we'll be discussing five different ways to increase the value of your home in Los Angeles County. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to install a new kitchen or bathroom to get a good return on your investment. There are much smaller and less expensive ways to add value to your home.

  1. Refresh your kitchen: Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and where most people gather during parties. Instead of buying updated appliances, you can simply add in new lighting fixtures, replace old knobs, and repaint cabinets. The small things can add up and eventually make your kitchen feel very different. 
  2. Brighten up the bathroom: You can add a fresh coat of paint, re-grout, replace light fixtures, and maybe even install new sink and shower fixtures. This is far less expensive than remodeling your entire kitchen.
  3. Replace light fixtures: These can be very inexpensive and they can add beautiful detail to each room. The brighter your home the better. Buyers don't like to buy homes that are dimly-lit. It makes them think that you're trying to hide something.
  4. Don't forget curb appeal: Buyers will begin to form opinions about your home before they even enter the driveway. This means your home has to look perfect. I suggest power-washing your entryways, trimming your hedges, and maybe even planting some extra flowers. 
  5. Consider how the buyers will see your home: Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in your home. This is why it needs to be clean, organized, and decluttered. The buyers need to see your home, not your stuff!
Just these small things can help add extra value to your home. It doesn't take a ton of extra money to get a good return, it just takes a little extra effort on your behalf. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

The Market Today in Southern California

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Now is the time to take the time to appreciate what you have.

We have some market information that applies to the month of November that we want to share with you today.

The fourth quarter is usually a transitional time for us. We normally experience changes in inventory and price. This presents a unique opportunity to both buyers and sellers.

Buyers experience lower prices during this time, so look out for deals. It’s a great time to look for your dream home.

Sellers benefit from fewer listings on the market. Less inventory means less competition. 

Our market experiences 30% fewer listings during this time of year. This gives you a better opportunity to sell your home quickly.
I study the local market and its trends every day. If you have any questions about your real estate needs, reach out to us today. We’d be happy to sit down and talk about it with you. 

Have a great holiday season!

How Can Zillow Hurt Your Home's Price?

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Zillow is a giant in the real estate industry. They aggregate tons and tons of data, and a lot of it is actually quite useful to the average consumer, but you need to take some of it with a grain of salt.

One thing in particular that you need to watch out for is the Zestimate, which is Zillow's valuation of your home. How accurate is that value that Zillow places on your home?

In North Orange County and North LA County, the median error is 9.8%. That's a huge error on a $500,000 home. It has also been stated that nearly every home value on the website is off by 5% or more. This is a huge margin of error.

These estimates work well with communities that have similar homes, but with mixed communities like we have in LA, it's hard for Zillow's algorithms to place accurate values on homes.

Just this month we sold a home that Zillow valued at $620,000, but the true and accurate value was much higher, and we managed to sell it for $679,000. Can you imagine losing $60,000 in equity?

If you truly want to know the value of your Orange County home, please don't hesitate to contact me. I would be very happy to assist you!

What Can You Expect from Interest Rates in 2015?

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Welcome back, everyone! Today's topic is interest rates, which have become a very hot topic in our area. People want to know if and when they are rising, and what they can expect by the end of 2015. A lot of people in real estate are expecting rates to rise, so let's take a look at the numbers and determine if that's the case.

We finished 2014 with an average interest rate of 3.75% for 30-year fixed mortgages, which is very close to the historic low. Right now, rates are in the low 4%'s, but both the Mortgage Broker's Association and the National Association of Realtors are projecting rates to rise above 5% by the end of the year.

If interest rates do jump to over 5%, it really will be a modest hike compared to the historical averages for interest rates. Back in the early 2000's, rates were in the 6-7% range. In the 90's, rates were in the 8-9% range. And all the way back in the 1980's? Rates were in the 13-17% range!

By all accounts, 5% rates are still historically low. You may be pleasantly surprised about what you can afford right now compared to what you could have afforded in the past.

If you can afford it, it makes sense to buy a home right now. Rates are still low, but you can't plan your purchase around interest rates. You've got to do it when it's right for your family. We will help you find your dream home just like we've done for home buyers over the last 15 years.

If you know somebody who is looking to buy, sell, or invest in the real estate world, give me a call or send me an email. Also, please share this video on Facebook! We look forward to speaking with you soon!